Zoe Saldana built her reputation as a versatile and respected actress by choosing roles that she feels passionately about, as was evident by her portrayal of Nyota Uhura in Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness, as well as Neytiri in James Cameron’s groundbreaking feature Avatar. The New Jersey and Queens, New York native spent her teenage years in the Dominican Republic, where she studied ballet and other dance forms with the prestigious ECOS Espacio de Danza Dance Academy. When she was seventeen, her family moved back to New York and she joined the Faces theatre troupe, which led to her first film role, Eva Rodriquez in Center Stage.

Film roles that followed include Vantage Point, Haven, Guess Who, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The Terminal, Dirty Deeds, Temptation, Constellations, Crossroads, Snipes, Drumline, The Losers, Colombiana, Out of The Furnace and the blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy. She starred in the summer of 2015 in Infinitely Polar Bear and will next be seen in Nina, a biopic in which she stars as Nina Simone. Her television credits include appearances on Keeping it Real, Law and Order and, most recently, the mini-series event Rosemary's Baby, which she also co-produced

On the personal front, Saldana married Italian artist Marco Perego in June 2013. In November 2014, the couple welcomed their twins, Bowie Ezio and Cy Aridio, into the galaxy.